Two Camden residents play leading roles in Spring Awakening
By PippaRoome | Thursday, April 19, 2012, 09:44
Listen to what's in the heart of a child… Two Camden residents
Joe Penny and Skyla Loureda appear in Spring Awakening - box office: www.sedos.co.uk
perform in leading amateur theatre company's production of Duncan Sheik and
Steven Sater's Spring Awakening.
Joe Penny and Skyla Loureda, who both live in Camden, are playing two of
the leading roles — Melchior and Thea — in Spring Awakening, which is being staged
at the Bridewell (9-19 May 2012) by the theatre's resident company, Sedos, the
City of London's premier amateur theatre company (www.sedos.co.uk).
Winner of eight Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards, Spring Awakening
contemporary musical adaption of one of literature's most controversial and
frequently banned plays. Against a backdrop of energetic pop-rock music, the
audience discovers a group of adolescents in the midst of the thrilling and
mysterious time of their sexual discovery. Spring Awakening evokes a world where
children are told what to do and who to be — when they fight back, they set in
motion a chain of events which will leave their friends and elders changed
Director Chris Warner says: "Spring Awakening is a musical unlike any
other. It's youthful, energetic, raw, dark, rocky and full of emotion. But the
themes are ageless — everyone will have at some point experienced some of the
feelings that the characters in Spring Awakening are discovering. Audiences should
come for something new and different, something challenging.
"It's a show of contrasts, too: light versus dark. Do expect
some bleak, haunting scenes, but this is not just a show of harrowing themes.
The darkness is very much juxtaposed by energetic, beautiful and hopeful
Musical director Ryan Macaulay adds: "For me, the most important thing
is that the sound is true to the dramatic arc of the show. We've had a lot of
discussions about gigs and concerts so the rock numbers will feel like you're
at the O2 immersed in sound, while the quieter ballads will have an intimate,
acoustic flavor — think your front room, a stool and a guitar."
Playing on the setting and musical genre of the show, there are two
special performances — German School Disco on Saturday 12 May and Rock Night on
Friday 18 May — and there is also a Charity Night on Wednesday 10 May, when
half of proceeds will be given to Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Sedos's Charity
of the Year for 2012.
This production is sponsored by amateurstage and directed by Chris
Warner, working with creative director Max Wolf, musical director Ryan Macauley
and choreographer Tim Garrad. By day Chris is head of marketing at conference
and web-based TV company WebsEdge, Max is a graphic designer, Ryan works for
the theatrical rights-holders Josef Weinberger and Tim is a senior consultant
at financial services consultancy firm Capco.
Sedos presents Spring Awakening, by Duncan Sheik and Steven
The Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet St, London, EC4Y 8EQ
both Saturdays at 3pm (no show on Sunday, 13 May or Monday, 14 May)
Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
(£12.50 concession) unless otherwise stated
Charity Night, Thursday 10 May:â¨50% of proceeds donated
to Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Sedos Charity of the Year.
German School Disco, Saturday 12 May evening show: tickets £20 (concessions
£17.50). Ticket includes a complimentary drink and programme.
Rock Night, Friday 18 May: tickets £20 (concessions £17.50).
Ticket includes a complimentary drink and programme.
Please note: Spring Awakening contains adult themes which may
not be suitable for young children.